Victorian Secrets of Personal Beauty


 The following Secrets of Personal Beauty were taken from the Twentieth Century Edition, Hill’s Manual Illustrated A Guide to Correct Writing with Approved Methods of Speaking and Acting in the Various Relations of Life, Embracing Instructions and Examples….Greatly Enlarged and Profusely Illustrated, Revised and Corrected to the Latest Dates by Thos E. Hill, Chicago, W.B. Conkey Company, 1905

Secrets of Personal Beauty — The Feet  (Kids, do not try this at home)

Much care should be taken to keep the feet in good condition.  The first important consideration in their management is perfect cleanliness.  Some people find it necessary to wash the feet morning and evening.  Many find it indispensably necessary to wash them once a day, and no one should fail of washing them at least three times a week, and the stockings should be changed as frequently if much walking be done.

Without washing, the feet are liable to become very offensive to others in a short time.  The feet of some persons will become disagreeably so, sometimes within a week if they are not washed, more especially if they perspire freely.

A foot-bath, using warm water, followed by wiping the feet completely dry, and afterward putting on clean stockings, is very invigorating after a long walk, or when the feet are damp and cold.

To escape chilblains avoid getting the feet wet.  Should they become damp, change shoes and stockings at once.  Wear woolen stockings, and do not toast the feet before the fire.  The approach of the chilblain is frequently prevented by bathing the feet in a strong solution of alum.

With the first indication of chilblains, as revealed by the itching sensation, it is well to rub them with warm spirits of rosemary, adding to the same a little turpentine.  Lint, soaked in camphorated spirits, opodeldoc, or camphor liniment, may be applied and retained when the part is affected. 

It is claimed also that chilblains may be cured by bathing the feet in water in which potatoes have been boiled.

Wear boots and shoes amply large for the feet, but not too large, and thus escape corns.  A broad heel, half an inch in height, is all that comfort will allow to be worn.


One comment on “Victorian Secrets of Personal Beauty

  1. What an interesting post! It’s quite fascinating to read about the regimes that were followed in the past.

    Your research is terrific, and your blog is exceptional!!

    Look forward to upcoming posts and ongoing inspiration to you :-)… Vicki “musey” Fischer

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